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Perlitz’s Sculptures Selected for Prominent Exhibition

March 22, 2019

  • J. Perlitz

Jess Perlitz, Assistant Professor of Art (recently tenured) and Studio Head of Sculpture was invited as one of just 32 contemporary artists to participate in this year’s Invitational Exhibition at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which opened in New York City on March 5 and will run through April 7, 2019. This exhibit features over 100 paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, and works on paper. Perlitz had three sculptures selected to be in the exhibition: Forever Washing, Burned Beast, and Light Faces. Receiving an invitation to participate in this annual exhibition is notable in and of itself; the works of the exhibiting artists were selected from more than 130 nominations submitted by the Academy.  Further, created in 1904, the American Academy of Arts and Letters is now known as “America’s most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, composers, and writers”. The Academy’s 250 members are elected for life.

In addition to being selected to exhibit her work at the 2019 Invitational Exhibition, this week the Academy further recognized two of Perlitz’s pieces with a Purchase Award. Designed to recognize and honor both established and emerging artists, the Academy’s selective purchase program places the work of talented, living American artists in museum collections across the country. The works by the winners of the 2019 Art Awards and Purchases, including Perlitz’s Forever Washing and Burned Beast will be shown at a subsequent exhibition to open in late May, The Ceremonial Exhibition: Work by New Members and Recipients of Awards. The museum(s) at which Perlitz’s purchased sculptures will ultimately be displayed will be determined following the Ceremonial Exhibition.

An image of Forever Washing is shown in this press release announcing the 2019 Art Award and Purchase winners. Images of Perlitz’s other work can be viewed at

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